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William E. "Bill" Butler

William E. William Edward “Bill” Butler, age 67, of Manhattan, died January 23, 2018, at his residence.

He was born August 12, 1950, in Leaksville, North Carolina, the son of Herman Joseph and Goldie Vail (Scott) Butler.

Bill grew up in Pensacola, Florida and graduated from Escambia High School. He was drafted to play Major League Baseball, but instead decided to play football for Coach Vince Gibson at Kansas State University. Following his college football career, he played in the National Football League with the New Orleans Saints for three years. He medically retired from the NFL and eventually returned to Manhattan. He worked for 27 years at McCall Pattern Company, starting on the production floor as a stockhandler. He eventually became the Manager of Printing/PrePress before retiring in 2007. In 2008, he started Showroom Shine Auto Detailing.

Bill was an exceptional athlete and was among the best in every sport he played. His little league baseball team participated in the Little League World Series, and he set the record for the most home runs in a game with three. He enjoyed umpiring baseball games, playing golf and softball, and taking care of his yard. He was a dog lover and made sure all of his dogs were very spoiled. Most of all, Bill loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.

On February 9, 1980, in the Danforth Chapel at Kansas State University, he was married to Mary K. Mick.

Survivors include Mary of the home; six children: Britton D. Butler and his wife Wende of Manhattan; William E. Butler, Jr. and his wife Breah of Manhattan, Shannon L. Powers and her husband Nick of Manhattan, Michael B. Butler and his wife Daniela of Manhattan, Matthew B. Butler of Shawnee, KS, and Michelle R. Butler and Tyler Reynolds of Manhattan; 12 grandchildren: Tara Manion, Taylor Torres, Milo, Holden, Paisli and Ava Butler, Jackson and Ella Powers, Violet and Blythe Butler, Braelyn and Matthew Butler; and two sisters: Joanne Case of Pensacola, FL, and Cheryl Smith of Orlando, FL.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Steve and Kevin Butler.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 30th, at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1921 Barnes Road, Manhattan, with Pastor Steve Ratliff officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Monday, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Purple PAWS or the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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